help! new linux user and so lost, using ubuntu

me ex gave me a laptop and he installed ubuntu. i'm having a hard time using it.
i can't use my tutorial disks for school because they're not compatible with linux,
i can't seem to down load stuff, azureus doesn't seem to work on linux, i don't know how to
use this laptop w/wifi, don't know how to configure it....i can't make it to the classes because i have night school.
does anybody live in s. austin that can help? i'm great with cooking homemade authentic mexico city style entrees,
not tex mex! please email me at thanks!!

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